Father recalls moment shots rang out at South Boston park during sports practice

He felt he and other bystanders "were definitely in range, standing on the edge of the field here," he said.

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A daylight shooting that played out at a South Boston park last week as youth sports teams practiced has left families anxious about violence in the area.

Boston police said a woman sustained nonlife-threatening injuries after she was shot at Moakley Park on April 20.

According to Boston 25 News, approximately 20 shots were fired near the park — the result of a gang rivalry.

“Absolutely it’s a concern that a stray bullet could have come this way,” Mike Green, who was watching his 8-year-old daughter’s track practice when the shots rang out, told the news station. “We were definitely close enough.”


Green said he felt he and other bystanders “were definitely in range, standing on the edge of the field here.”

He said lacrosse coaches directed the groups to safety at a nearby Massachusetts State Police barracks.

“Whoever had the forethought to go straight to the police barracks was a smart move,” Green told the outlet. “The kids did well, listened and did what they needed to do. That part was amazing, how they reacted.”

No arrests were made following the shooting. A Boston police spokesperson told Boston.com Monday morning there were no updates in the investigation.

Some parents are unsure whether they want their children practicing in the park, Boston 25 News reports.


City police have stepped up their presence in the park over the past week, and local leaders are potentially seeking to install surveillance cameras in the area, according to the news outlet.

“If we were to avoid everywhere that things like this happen, we would never go out of our homes anymore, unfortunately,” Anna Ross, whose 11-year-old son’s track practices are held at the park, told the station.

According to Boston 25 News, a man was arrested earlier on April 20 at nearby Carson Beach after he allegedly pulled a handgun on two women.

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